About Zuma Beach:
With white sand, clean water and plenty of room, Zuma Beach is a perennial favorite with residents and visitors alike. This south-facing beach attracts lots of visitors on summer weekends, but Zuma Beach is relatively quiet during the week.
If you want to sound like a local, drop the "beach" and just call it "Zuma."
Zuma Beach Fees:
Entrance Fee: None
Parking Fee: If you get there early, you can park for free on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Otherwise, park in the paid parking lot, which has over 2,000 spaces.
Creature Comforts at Zuma Beach:
- Showers and changing facilities
- The snack bar here serves basic fare such as nachos, hot dogs and sodas
- No alcohol allowed
- No pets allowed
Zuma Beach Activities:
- Beachside boardwalk walking path
- Swimming, lifeguard during daylight hours
- Some rate Zuma Beach the best place in the Los Angeles area for surfing, but others say it's better for boogie-boarding and body-surfing.
- Beach volleyball courts
- Whale-watching (winter)
Highs and Lows at Zuma Beach:
- Because Zuma Beach is a bit further north, the water is colder than at other Los Angeles beaches (about 68F in mid-summer).
- The Zuma Beach snack bar is better-suited to kids than adults. If you're going to be at Zuma very long, stop on the way up from Malibu and pick up something to eat.
Zuma Beach Rating:
Poll: What is Zuma Beach Best For?
- Scuba Diving
- Beach Volleyball
- Bicycle Riding
- Wildlife-Watching, tide pooling